England all-rounder Sam Curran said Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won’t panic despite losing the first three games of IPL 2022.
Ravindra Jadeja-led CSK lost their third game in a row against Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 54 runs after failing to chase 180 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
CSK vs PBKS: Punjab Kings beat CSK by 54 runs in IPL 2022
In a trend where teams are winning by chasing the target in IPL 2022, this was the third game in a row that a side won while defending the total. PBKS bowled out CSK for a paltry score of 126 in 18 overs.
Debutant Vaibhav Arora claimed figures of 2 for 21 as Chennai Super Kings tumbled to 23 for 4 inside the powerplay overs. The 24-year-old youngster got the wickets of Robin Uthappa and Moeen Ali for a duck to give Punjab a great start.
South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada bowled a fuller length delivery wide outside off-stump that Gaikwad pushed very hard without any feet moment and found a thick outside edge that flew to Shikhar Dhawan at first slip.
Despite Shivam Dube’s brisk half-century, CSK were way far from their target, wicketkeeper-batter MS Dhoni contributed 23 in 28 balls but couldn’t replicate his good form to rescue his side from a precarious situation.
CSK have the experience of players and coaches who know how the IPL works: Sam Curran
Curran, who played 23 IPL games for CSK, said the four-time IPL champions won’t be under pressure as they have experienced players who can turn the tables in IPL 2022.
“It’s a tricky one. Obviously, with the new captaincy of Jadeja, he’s probably not experienced in that position. Chennai are a successful franchise. And, having experienced the dressing room there, the coaching of the management, it is a very calm environment there.
“They won’t panic. They have the experience of players and coaches who know how the IPL works,” Curran told ESPNcricinfo.
“Ruturaj showed last season he is a phenomenal player. It’s obviously not going right for them at the moment. The batters are there and they have so much experience – Robbie (Robin Uthappa), (Ambati) Rayudu, (MS) Dhoni and (Ravindra) Jadeja. It’s just not falling on their side,” he added.
CSK will face Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their next fixture on April 9 at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai.